World's best airline for 2015 named at annual World Airline Awards

Middle-Eastern carrier Qatar Airways has been named the world's best airline, taking out "Airline of the Year" at the annual World Airline Awards, while Qantas has climbed back into the top 10.

Announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday, the World Airline Awards, run by research firm Skytrax, are among the most high-profile awards in the aviation industry.

Qatar climbed back into the No.1 slot in the airline rankings after losing first place to Cathay Pacific last year. It is the third time Qatar has taken out the top spot. It also took out the award for the best business class seat.

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Qantas was the top-ranked Australian airline, climbing back into the top 10 after dropping to 11th last year. The airline peaked in the rankings in 2008,  when it was named the world's third best carrier. Rival Virgin Australia came in at 16th place.

Qantas was also named the best airline in the Pacific region and won the award for best premium economy food. Virgin won the award for best staff in the Pacific.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker thanked his staff for their work in helping achieve the award.

"Our passengers are at the heart of everything we do at Qatar Airways, and we are very proud to be recognised by them," he said. Qatar Airways flies 160 aircraft to 147 destinations around the world.

Last year the airline took delivery of its first Airbus A380 superjumbo and became the launch customer for the new Airbus A350.

As usual, the top 10 was dominated by Asian and Middle-Eastern carriers, with no North American or European airlines making the  grade with the exception of Turkish Airlines,  which moved up to fourth from fifth place. Air France was named the most-improved airline.

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Among other headline awards, AirAsia won best low-cost airline for the seventh year in a row, Singapore Airlines won best business class, Emirates won best inflight entertainment, while Garuda Indonesia won best cabin crew again, having also taken out the award last year.

The Skytrax awards are based on a survey of 18.85 million airline passengers from around the world. Passengers from more than 160 countries participated in the latest survey, which covered 245 airlines worldwide. The awards are not without controversy. Last year, Etihad Airways announced it would withdraw from the awards, citing unhappiness with Skytrax's rating system.

Click on the Flight Test links below to read Traveller's most recent reviews of the award-winning airlines.

The world's top 10 airlines

1 Qatar Airways (Flight Test: Business class)

2 Singapore Airlines (Flight Test: Economy class)

3 Cathay Pacific Airways (Flight Test: Business class)

4 Turkish Airlines (Flight test: Economy class)

5 Emirates (Flight test: First class)

6 Etihad Airways (Flight test: Business class)

7 ANA All Nippon Airways

8 Garuda Indonesia (Flight test: Business class)

9 EVA Air

10 Qantas Airways (Flight test: Business class)

World's Best Cabin Staff

1 Garuda Indonesia

2 Cathay Pacific

3 Singapore Airlines

4 Asiana Airlines

5 Malaysia Airlines

6 Qatar Airways

7 EVA Air

8 ANA All Nippon Airways

9 Thai Airways

10 Hainan Airlines

World's Best Economy Class Airlines

1 Asiana Airlines

2 Singapore Airlines

3 Qatar Airways

4 Garuda Indonesia

5 Cathay Pacific Airways

6 ANA All Nippon Airways

7 Emirates

8 Turkish Airlines

9 Thai Airways

10 EVA Air

World's Best Business Class Airlines

1 Singapore Airlines

2 Qatar Airways

3 Cathay Pacific

4 ANA All Nippon Airways

5 Etihad Airways

6 Garuda Indonesia

7 Qantas Airways

8 Emirates

9 Turkish Airlines

10 Oman Air

World's Best Inflight Entertainment

1 Emirates

2 Qatar Airways

3 Singapore Airlines

4 Qantas

5 Etihad Airways

6 Turkish Airlines

7 Cathay Pacific

8 Virgin Atlantic

9 Thai Airways

10 Air France

Source: http://www.worldairlineawards.com

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